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Congratulations to all who have been accepted! I also got my letter via email Friday and was very excited! Looking forward to meeting everyone this fall :)

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This program is tough, definitely not easy. You will be challenged every step of the way. Expect to work hard for your grades. Be persistent, even when it gets tough. Seek help early on from others. Know who your resources are. Make sure that your finances are in order, you have reliable transportation, have made early arrangements about babybsitting and your work schedule, and that your family understands that studying comes first. The attrition rate for my class was 15% which means some of you will not make it to graduation.

Here is a little synopsis about the first semester. Before the official start date, you are expected to attend a mandatory two day orientation at the Round Rock campus. They will show you where the library is, computer lab, writing center, study rooms, what the dress code is, where to buy scrubs and textbooks, policies and procedures for absentism, grade structure, introduce you to professors, and general expectations for students. Bring your laptop and take lots of notes.

You will have four classes and two clinical days. You will most likely do clinicals at a nursing home or skilled nursing facility where the acuity is lower than hospitals (this will be late in the semester). You will learn how to interact with patients as a healthcare provider. Clinical days will also involve simulation lab at the SON. In simulation lab, you will learn how to do vital signs, head to toe assessment, patient care such as bed baths, linen change, transporting /ambulating patients. You will also learn how to do neurovascular checks, perform tracheostomy care, insert and discontinue nasogastric tubes, start peripheral IVs, insert and discontinue Foley catheters, medication calculation, medication administration (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal), sterile dressing changes, gathering patient history, charting assessments, and so forth. You will be interrogated by your clinical instructor about this and that so know your stuff. You are expected to wear scrubs, bring your stethoscope, and do prep work the night before such as looking up meds, doing concept maps, and are expected to have looked up and be ready to perform those nursing skills. Remember that having prior hospital experience as a CNA does not guarantee your success in the program but you will have an edge over your classmates (albeit a small one).

Your four classes will be Health Assessment, General Nursing, Pharmacology and a Research class. The General Nursing class will teach you about the Nursing Process and will have a big group project in the end. The research class will involve writing lots of papers. Don't forget the exams, you might have one every 1.5 to 2 weeks and you need a passing grade of 75 or above. Everything else, you will learn along the way. Just keep your ears open and soak up everything. It gets easier after the first semester because you will know what to do.

Just remember you are joining a profession that serves other people. Practice a little humility. What you say and do reflects greatly on our school. At times, you will feel humiliated by your clinical instructor or another nurse; just act like a professional. Know how to take criticism and remember you are dealing with people's lives.

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Thank you so much for your input!

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I am applying to Texas State Nursing program for Fall 2014 and wanted to hear from you guys especially the ones who were accepted for previous year. My Pre-requisite GPA is close to 4.0 with only B in Nutrition. My UT GPA is 3.3 with a not-so-good TEAS V score of 83.3%. Surprisingly, I still fall in the top 7% in the nation. But reading the threads, sounds like many of you guys excelled in TEAS. My English is average to what Texas State accepts, my science is above 10% but my math is below 7%. I'm torn whether I should re-take the test in hopes of getting a better math score. Also, does anyone know how Texas State add up the points? Do they look at your individual TEAS score or consider your national percentile. Is it pre-req GPA weighed more compared to TEAS? Please advise!

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Hi Erica,

I am applying to Fall 2014 Nursing program. Do you mind telling me your pre-req GPA and TEAS score along with other misc. activities that may have contributed to your acceptance? Much appreciated !

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I'm applying to St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University for Fall 2014. Was wondering if we could exchange information and advice for applying?

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